Traveling Vineyard Chloe + Isabel Sutherland Global Services FlexJobs Pink Zebra Stella & Dot Cruise Planners kaeser-blair 20|20 Research

What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?

What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors? By Holly Reisem Hanna

This month the popular direct sales company, Lia Sophia shut its doors after 28 years of being in business. It’s estimated that Lia Sophia employed more than 27,000 independent direct sales consultants who collectively sold more than $100 million worth of jewelry this past year.

This isn’t the first time that a direct sales company has abruptly closed its doors; but sadly, Lia Sophia’s consultants are now left with picking up the pieces during the busiest time of year.

If this scenario should happen to you or if you’re one of the 27,000+ Lia Sophia consultants, here are some steps to take to alleviate some of the stress and financial burden you’ve been thrown into.

Give Yourself Time to Grieve:

You’ve just lost your business and your income — it’s okay to give yourself some time to absorb the shock and reality of the situation. While it’s good to take a break, acknowledge your feelings, and prioritize self care during this time, don’t let the circumstances define you. When you fixate on the negative you perpetuate a cycle of destructive emotions that will only dig you deeper into a hole. If you feel like your sadness is becoming overwhelming, try surrounding yourself with positive people or talk to a healthcare professional to get you back on track. Also remember the basics, getting 8 hours of sleep, eating right, and exercising — these go along way in reducing stress!

Tie Up Loose Ends:

Maybe you have customers with pending orders, or perhaps you have upcoming parties scheduled — now is the time to quickly and efficiently tie up those loose ends. Verify with your company what the polices and procedures will be for pending orders, returns, unused gift certificates, and the like. Make sure that you’re clearly communicating with your current customers about what’s going on. While you may be uncertain about what path to take next, you will want to make sure that you’re not burning any bridges along the way — because there is a good chance these customers will remain customers in your next direct sales business.

Look at Your Competitors:

While you may not be ready to start looking at other home party business opportunities, it’s worth noting that you already have a current base of customers who love jewelry. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to check out your current competitors. Another reason to check out your  current competitors, is some direct selling companies offer out-of-work consultants startup kits for free or discounted rates.

Here is a current list of jewelry companies to check out:

Azuli Skye

  • Commission: 25%
  • Startup Fees: $159

Bella Branch

  • Commission: 25%
  • Startup Fees: $19.95 one time setup fee and $12.95 a month for your website

Bella Vintaj

  • Startup Fees: $99

Carin Bracelets

  • Commission: 35% – 42%
  • Startup Fees: $19.99 – $319.99

Chole + Isabel

  • Commission: 20% – 40%
  • Startup Fees: $175  + free website

Color by Amber

  • Commission: 25% – 30%
  • Startup Fees: $99

CTBling

  • Commission: 20% – 29%
  • Startup Fees: $199 + $9.95 monthly fee for website

Esbe Designs

  • Commission: 24% – 35%
  • Startup Fees: $1,500 – $2,500

Initial Outfitters

  • Commission: 20% – 35%
  • Startup Fees: $99 – $599

Just Jewelry

  • Commission: 50%
  • Startup Fees: $99

KEEP Collective

  • Commission: 25% – 35%
  • Startup Fees: $149 – $349

Lulu Avenue

  • Commission: 25% – 30%
  • Startup Fees: $199 – $599

Magnolia and Vine

  • Commission: Up to 40%
  • Startup Fees: $99 – $199

Mialisia

  • Commission: 34% – 38%
  • Startup Fees: $199 – $899

My Clique Jewelry

  • Commission: 25% – 33%
  • Startup Fees: $199

Noonday Collection

  • Commission: 20% – 30%
  • Startup Fees: $199 – $699

Origami Owl

  • Commission: 30% – 50%
  • Startup Fees: $149 – $1,199

Paparazzi

  • Commission: 45%
  • Startup Fees: $99 – $499

Premier Designs

  • Commission: 50%

Silpada Designs – Closing their doors July 31, 2016. 

  • Commission: 30%
  • Startup Fees: $149 – $399

South Hill Designs

  • Commission: 40%
  • Startup Fees: $59 – $199

Stella & Dot

  • Commission: 25% – 30%
  • Startup Fees: $199 – $699

StyleDots

  • Startup Fees: $199

Trades of Hope

  • Commission: 20% – 35%
  • Startup Fees: $69 – $399

ViVi Jewelry

  • Commission: Up to 50%
  • Startup Fees: $179

Creating Cash Flow:

One of the biggest stressors will be your loss of income. Unless you have a traditional day job you’ll likely be without income, at least temporarily. To help alleviate some of this financial stress, you may consider selling your samples and inventory. During this time you’ll also want to modify your budget to cut out non-essential spending while you’re figuring out what to do next. You may even consider doing some side tasks to bring in a little extra money.

Were you affected by Lia Sophia closing their doors? What other direct sales companies sell jewelry?

This page includes affiliate links. Please be aware we only promote advertising from companies that we feel we can legitimately recommend to our readers. Please see our disclosure policy for further information.

Posted in Work at Home

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

26 Responses to “What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?”

  1. 1

    If anyone is interested in learning more about Just Jewelry, I would be excited to share the opportunity. Just Jewelry consultants earn 50% commission, our start up costs is $99 and if you sign up by 12-31-14 at http://www.justjewelry.com/courtneyperkins you will receive an additional $100 in FREE Jewelry! Anyone interested can email me at cperkins@justjewelry.com for additional information.

  2. 2

    You forgot to mention KEEP Collective! We are the brand new sister company of Stella and Dot. We are taking applications for founding designers and we are even offering a special incentive for Lia Sophia reps who are looking for a new opportunity. Contact me for more details. charmingintexas@gmail.com

  3. 3
    Kim Malay says:

    Park Lane Jewelry was not mentioned. We have been in business for 60 years. I just joined them in January after being with Lia Sophia for 10 years. I have been thrilled with them. If you have been a manager with Lia or another company we will bring you in as a manager. Special incentives for former Lia Sophia advisers. Great quality jewelry, hostess rewards and customers specials. Commission between 30-50%. A few options for starter kits. Contact me at sparklebyparklane@gmail.com for more information.

  4. 4

    Touchstone Crystal is the direct sales division of Swarovski, wholly owned and supported by this world leader in design, innovation and quality. Since 1895, Swarovski has been a global fashion powerhouse and fixture on the red carpet. Touchstone Crystal brings the beautiful and on-trend gorgeous jewelry to women everywhere. Our consultants earn generous commissions and other exciting rewards while supported by Swarovski’s unparalleled commitment to its family of consultants. The jewelry is spectacular; the company is life-changing. I’d love to share my experiences and help anyone seeking a great opportunity. michellebrier@optonline.net or http://www.mytouchstonecrystal.com/michellebrier

  5. 5
    Lynn says:

    Hi,

    Chelsea Row is now closed too. I just found a new free affiliate program. Its call All About You Gifts – Adorable Apparel & Beautiful Accessories at AFFORDABLE Prices! Visit my Facebook page for more info or contact me.
    https://www.facebook.com/allaboutyouaffiliatewithlynn

  6. 6
    Krissy says:

    Please speak to a Stella & Dot Stylist in your area. S&D feels for all small business owners and are ready to help. We have been asked to not publicize any information, but you can easily contact a stylist for information let you know how we can ease your transition if you wish. Best of luck to everyone!

  7. 7

    This is really unfortunate! If interested please check out Traci Lynn Jewelry! Great company….CEO is awesome! Go to http://www.tracilynnville.com/shanajnorfolk/

  8. 8
    Sue griggs says:

    You left off two highly reputable companies; Cabi and Ruby Ribbon.

  9. 9

    If you know Silpada stylists, please let them know my heart goes out to them as they learned yesterday their business is closing. I would be happy to speak to them about Christian Bling opportunities. Please like my FB page and msg me https://www.facebook.com/LauraCBling/

  10. 10
    Angie says:

    Hi! I just wanted to mention some minor corrections about eSBe Designs. Commission is 25 – 35% and startup fees are $299 – $2499. Thanks!!

  11. 11
    jen says:

    If anyone is interested in learning more i am with premier designs and i love it. We get 50 percent of all sales. We also offer hostess rewards. I mean who doesnt love jewelry?

  12. 12

    I too work with Premier Designs Jewelry. They have been in business for over 30 years and are debt free. You have mentors available 24/7, an opportunity to develop awesome relationships. Yes their commission is 50% but their hostess benefits are over the top and they reward their distributors well! Last year, in my part time work with Premier, I was rewarded with over $10.000 in free jewelry for myself, commission bonuses over the 50% and a 7 day cruise with my husband. You can’t get better than that. I am always available for questions!

  13. 13
    vivian says:

    i am SO deeply sorry for the loss of your company’s. And although i am not in jewelry ..I do know how this feels and its a lot to take in
    Just want you to know we are thinking about you all… and we are again deeply sorry

  14. 14
    Liz Valenzuela says:

    Northern Clover is a fairly new jewelry company but, we are growing fast. Wonderful CEO, company is debt free!Fantastic Hostess and Consultant benfits! Start is only $99.00! Look over our wensite, contact me with any questions.

Leave a Reply

© Copyright © 2009-2016 The Work at Home Woman All rights reserved.
By using this site, you are agreeing to the site's terms of use.